Mindfulness and Satisfaction With Physical Activity: a Cross-sectional Study in 317 Dutch Participants.

  • K.E. Tsafou
  • D.T. D. De Ridder
  • R. van Ee
  • J. Lacroix


Background: Physical activity has been shown to increase well-being. However, it has proven difficult to sustain behavioral change in physical activity. Satisfaction with physical activity might help to prolong physical activity, which in turn may be promoted by mindfulness (the ability to focus on the present moment). The present study examined the role of mindfulness in satisfaction with physical activity. Methods: Using a cross-sectional design, 317 Dutch participants responded to the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), Mindful Attention and Awareness Scale (MAAS), Five-Factor Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ), Mindfulness during physical and Satisfaction with physical activity. Results: Physical activity correlated only with mindfulness during physical activity, satisfaction and the non-judgment factor of the FFMQ. Satisfaction mediated the relationship between mindfulness and physical activity and this relationship was moderated by non-judgment. Discussion: The relation between mindfulness, satisfaction and physical activity could be used to develop interventions to sustain physical activity.
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